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Video Game Quiz!

Guys! It’s been far too long. Like four months too long.

My first ever blog post was a video game quiz, so seeing as I’ve been away for a while and a bit rusty on the old blogging malarkey, I thought I’d get back into it with a new Video Game Quiz that’s popped up on Tumblr.

Please feel free to use the quiz for your own blogs!

Here we go:

1:Do you try to stay away from walkthroughs?

Generally yes. I feel like they can spoil the game, especially if you read a bit too far ahead and reveal too much of the storyline! I usually have a rule where I try on my own for at least half an hour, then if I’m still stuck I can have a sneak peek at a walkthrough. I’d never judge someone who uses them or needs them to progress in a game, I’d rather finish a game with a bit of help than leave it on my shelf because I couldn’t get past one section!

2:Company you’re always loyal to?

I wouldn’t particularly say I’m a loyal gamer, but going through VG companies I’d say Rockstar is up there. I’m still waiting for another game like LA Noire.. This is probably embarrassing to say but the company I’m most loyal to is probably Treyarch, or just the Call of Duty franchise as a whole. I can’t help it, I have a love/hate relationship with those games!

3:Best game you’ve ever played?

Oooooooh. Tough one. Probably Portal (I consider Portal 1 and 2 one big game, that’d be like having a favourite child). I actually cried when I finished Portal 2 because I was so upset it was over. I got a bit obsessed with the games, I was having dreams of jumping through portals and was rushing home from work just to play it.

4:Worst game you’ve ever played?

I think I’ve mentioned this before.. but SPICE World. I don’t think it should be allowed to be called a game, it’s just one big giant pile of disappointment. My dad took me and my brother to GAME (or Gamestation, whatever it was called in 1998) and said we could each pick a game of our own. He tried to buy our love with video games, what a guy. I can’t remember what my brother bought, either FIFA or a mundane racing game, but I bought SPICE World. This was my first video game that was mine, not a game for the family to play, it was for me. Little Amy in her Spice Girl platform shoes, with her bubble coat and weird see-through plastic backpack. In my mind the game was going to be like the platform games out at the time, kind of like a Lego game where you can switch characters and unlock outfits. But no. NO. You pick a Spice Girl song, then “remix” it, which creates a choppy, out of time mess. Next you go to a dance studio and learn a dance routine of buttons, THEN you go to a TV studio where the crappy song plays and you press the dance routine buttons. THAT’S IT. This is the kind of shite they thought was acceptable to push for young girl gamers to play, and it still happens today with the Bratz or Barbie games (there’s plenty of YouTube Let’s Play videos of people taking the piss out of these games). Clearly it still upsets me..

5:A popular series/game you just can’t get into no matter how much you try?

Halo. I played it a lot on the original Xbox with my brother back in the day, but I never carried on the franchise. I tried to play Halo 3 on Xbox 360 but felt out of touch with it so gave up. I don’t own an Xbox One so I can’t even play The Master Chief Collection to try it again.

6:A game that’s changed you the most?

Tomb Raider was a big game for me growing up. I was never very good at it but I really enjoyed playing it and watching other people play. A few years ago when I was going through a rough patch I played Tomb Raider Legend four times in a row. I would get overwhelmed by new games, so decided to stick with Lara. She got me through a bad time!

7:A game you’ll never forget?

Besides Tomb Raider, I’ll never forget PT. I know it was just a demo, but playing it in the dark with a mate at 1am and absolutely crapping ourselves was such a fun time. The hype, mystery and eventual let down of the cancelled Silent Hills game was unforgettable. 

8:Best soundtrack?

Child of Light’s soundtrack was so beautiful, it made me cry a few times throughout the game. I’m currently playing Unravel which also has a gorgeous soundtrack, it’s so laid back but sad at the same time. I’m waiting for the official soundtrack to be released so I can buy it!

9:A game you turn your volume off every time you play it?

I don’t think I’ve ever turned the volume off in a game?

10:A game you’ve completely given up on?

Not going to lie, there’s a few. One franchise I really wanted to play was Mass Effect. I hit a big, game destroying glitch in the first game and that kind of killed it for me. Maybe one day I’ll give it another go.

11:Hardest game you’ve played?

I tried Dark Souls, it wasn’t for me. (Not just the difficulty, the game in general)

12:Shortest time you’ve beaten a game in?

I’m a pretty slow gamer and don’t really clock my time in a game, but I completed the Call of Duty Black Ops III campaign in one sitting. Went to bed at 7am. It was awful.

13:A game you were the most excited for when it wasn’t released yet?

LA Noire. I don’t pre-order games, but that game was pre-ordered. Also the Tomb Raider reboot from 2013. (I’m still waiting on the PS4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider!)

14:A game you think would be cool if it had voice acting?

I don’t know. Games without voice acting work because they have no voice acting. Like Child of Light, I don’t think it would have worked if the characters spoke.

15:Which two games do you think would make an awesome crossover?

Tomb Raider and Uncharted? Or is that too cliche? 

16:Character you’ve hated most? From what game?

I can’t think off the top of my head of my all time most hated, but I really disliked Chloe in Uncharted 2. Always making snarky comments and getting in the way!

17:What game do you never tell people you play?

There’s no hiding your gameplay these days, might as well embrace it! I don’t think there’s ever been a game I’ve been embarrassed to play. My mum bought me Shrek 3 on Xbox 360 and I still own it! It’s a terrible game but I actually had a laugh playing a few of the mini games.

18:A game you wish your friends knew about?

Mate, I wish I had more friends that played games..

19:Which game do you think deserves a revival?

I’m excited for the Crash Bandicoot Remasters, but I’m a bit worried they’ll botch it up. Looks like they’ve done a good job with the Uncharted series, but Crash is a lot older.

20:What was the first video game you ever played?

It was either Tetris or Super Mario Bros. My parents bought a NES in 1991 when I was about 18 months old. Seeing as it was quite a robust console they let me bash about on the controller from a young age.

21:How old were you when you first played a video game?

18 months old!

22:If you could immerse yourself in any game for one day, which game would it be? What would you do?

I feel like I’m repeating games in this quiz, but Portal would be amazing. I’d love to use one of the portal guns. But just being in a game where you can run for long distances or climb walls, I know people can do that in real life but I can’t!

23:Biggest disappointment you’ve had in gaming?

See above for SPICE World story.. 

24:Casual, Hardcore, or in the middle?

In the middle, leaning more towards casual. Depends on how I’m feeling and how hyped I am about a game.

25:Be honest; have you ever used cheats (like ActionReplay or Gameshark)?

Besides the cheats in the old school magazines you could buy in the 90’s, or the cheats in The Sims (rosebud!;!; and motherlode anyone?) I’ve never used cheats.

26:Handheld or console?

Console.

27:Has there ever been a moment that has made you cry?

I cried at the end of Portal, The Walking Dead, Child of Light (throughout the game), and got emotional at the end of Wolfenstein. My first ever game where a character dies as part of the story line was Final Fantasy 7 when Aeris dies. I had to google her name because my brother changed her name to Jenny, which is my mum’s name. Bit weird watching your mum die in a video game at 8 years old.

28:Which character’s clothes do you wish you owned the most?

The Assassin’s Creed outfits are pretty damn cool.

29:Which is more important, gameplay or story?

For me it’s the story. As much as I enjoy bigger games like Skyrim, I can get a bit lost as to what I’m supposed to be doing.

30:A game that hasn’t been localized in your country that you think should be localized?

I can’t think of any game that hasn’t been released over here in the UK? I’m assuming there’s a lot of cool Japanese games not released here, I’ve never looked into it though.

 

And there you go! Like I said please feel free to use the quiz in your own blog post (unfortunately I can’t credit who created the quiz as I can’t find the original post on Tumblr!)

Hopefully I’ll be posting again on here soon, I’ve been playing a lot of games that I want to talk about!

– AmyGames

Twitter: @littleamyhere

Etsy: Curly Stitches

 

My Steam Halloween Sale Haul

Since moving out I haven’t really had a chance to use my Steam account. We’ve got a family PC which I couldn’t take with me, my laptop is in no way built for games, and I don’t have the space or money to buy my own PC. Kinda sucks. (Although I do have a PS4, Xbox 360, PS Vita and Nintendo DS, so I’m not exactly lacking in gaming. Privileged bitch.)

BUT seeing as I visit my parents about once a week (it’s more of a “hi.. *boots up PC* how are you.. *puts on headphones* that’s nice.. *loads up game* mhmm..”) I do get to have a tinker on the odd Steam game here and there. Lo and behold there was a Halloween Steam Sale this weekend, so I had a perusal through for some cheap as chips games. I gave myself a budget of £10 (because I’m supposed to be a responsible adult now, Christmas is round the corner and I have a ridiculous amount of unplayed games stacking up..) and I think I’ve done pretty well!

The five games I managed to get in my £10 budget are:

Outlast Whistle blower DLC – £1.49

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Does a DLC count as a game? I think it does. It’s a mini prequel game to Outlast, not just maps or more items etc like your typical DLC. According to howlongtobeat.com, Whistleblower takes 4 hours to complete, so I’d definitely call it a game, albeit a short one.

I had a quick play of Whistleblower on Sunday, and forgot just how jumpy Outlast is! It has no mercy at all and found myself dying pretty much instantly when I tried to hide in a locker. Off to a great start. When I get a bit of a backbone I’ll have another try and hopefully get the game finished in a scary afternoon session.

Grim Fandango Remastered – £3.73

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The original Grim Fandango was released in 1998 (I was eight!), and was a game I always wanted but never had. I don’t know why. Fast forward 17 years (holy shit) and Grim Fandango Remastered was released! Praise be, I can finally play it without trying to play an old copy on a mate’s PS1. I decided to wait a little while before buying it because I have an issue with spending more than £10 on digital games. I am very much a budget gamer (*cough*stingey bastard*cough*), and seeing as you can’t trade or sell digital games, I don’t like spending too much money on them. But I digress, I’m so excited to finally play a game I’ve waited 17 years to play.

The Room – £1.99

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The Room was originally an iOS puzzle game, and was hailed by Apple as the best iPad game of 2012. An enhanced version of the game was released for PC in 2014, so seeing as I’ve never played the iOS or PC version, I’m hoping it doesn’t let me down!

Symphony – £2.03

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Symphony is your classic arcade style shoot-em-up game with a twist – it uses your own music. It’s not exactly like Guitar Hero where you’re playing along with the song, but the game picks up on the beat and rhythm of the song playing, and incorporates it into the game. On my first play I chose Take on Me – Aha, and it was bloody hilarious. I’ve only played a few times through and already know that I’m going to get hooked, it’s also a small enough file that it works fine on my laptop, where all my music is saved. Bring on the musical fun!

Haunt the House: Terrortown – £0.99

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The  final game I bought was Haunt the House: Terrortown. A while ago I watched YouTuber NerdCubed have a play and it looked so cute and silly, so when I saw it was only 99p I couldn’t resist! The premise of the game is to possess objects in a haunted house and scare the bejeezus out of the occupants, the more people running away the more points you earn. I haven’t had a chance to play it yet, but I’m sure I’ll have fun with this little game.

So.. the overall total for these fives games? *drum roll* £10.23! I was 23p over budget, but I think I’ve done pretty damn well. It just shows that a little bit of patience can pay off, especially when it comes to Steam Sales!

Anyone else pick up a good bargain this Halloween Steam Sale?

– AmyGames

Twitter: @littleamyhere

The Wolf Among Us – Game Review

A few days ago I completed The Wolf Among Us, and I’m saddened to say I was a little disappointed.

The Wolf Among Us is the third TellTale Games series I’ve played, the first being The Walking Dead, second Game of Thrones. I really enjoy their style of gameplay, and was lucky enough to buy The TellTale Collection on PS4 during the sale a couple of months ago.

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So, why the disappointment? The length of the game. It was just far too short! Each episode is divided into chapters, and after completing each chapter you earn a trophy. I found that I was gaining trophies at an alarming rate, completing chapters in ten minutes, with one chapter in the final episode being less than five minutes long. The ending felt incredibly rushed, and comparing the finale of The Wolf Among Us to The Walking Dead (which had me blubbing into my dressing gown..), it was surprising to think that the two games were from the same developers.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the game. I found myself invested in the characters: having a soft spot for the lovable rogue, Bigby, feeling incredibly bad for Mr Toad and his son, TJ, and hoping there’d be a little bit more going on between Snow White and The Big Bad Wolf.

The graphics are what you’d expect from a TellTale Game, and I absolutely loved it. Each scene looked like it had been taken directly from a comic book page, with the use of dark colours contrasting with vibrant purples and pinks. It reminded me of 80’s cop movies, especially with the emphasis on synths in the game soundtrack – not to mention the reference to the 80’s cop movie, Cobra, during the first scene of the game.

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Mongoose? How Sly, don’t you think?

One thing that gets two thumbs up from me? The intro. So. Goddamn. Cool. It definitely sets off the tone of the game – Bigby casually walking through the city at night, with nothing but his burning cigarette and beat of his synthy theme tune to guide the way.

As much as I was enchanted by the story of fairytale characters gone wrong, I definitely felt at some parts of the game that I was watching instead of actually playing. Yes, the Quicktime elements were there, and the decisions I made affected the way other characters decided to trust or speak to Bigby. However, something isn’t quite right when you can eat a whole meal and only have to push a button every so often. It was beginning to feel more like a TV show than a game.

During my playthrough and confusion at the shortness of episodes, I took to the internet to see if anyone agreed with me. It seemed a lot of people were just as annoyed as myself, but to add insult to injury most people had to wait months between episodes. I feel slightly privileged that I was able to jump seamlessly from one episode to the next, and I’ll be honest – I probably would’ve given up on the game if I had to wait so long for short episodes.

Overall? A pretty good game, let down by being far too short, a rushed ending and minimal gameplay. There’s news of a Season Two being released – which I’ll most probably play, but only when all of the episodes are eventually released. Fingers crossed Telltale Games spend a bit more time on Season Two, flesh the game out, and give these characters the story they deserve.

– AmyGames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/littleamyhere

You Know You’re Playing a Good Game When:

  1. You’re constantly clock-watching to see how long you’ve got before you can go home and play.

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2. You can’t get the soundtrack out your head – and you don’t mind at all.

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3. You talk about the storyline like the characters are actual real people.

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4. You turn into that annoying person, calling people into the room to watch action replays or videos you’ve made over and over again.

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5. You start dreaming that you’re in the game. (I was having Portal dreams for weeks..)

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6. You constantly recommend the game to people, and can’t seem to find the words to describe just how good it is.

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7. You want to buy ALL THE MERCHANDISE.

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8. Who needs food? Who needs sunlight? Who needs friends? AM I RIGHT?!

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9. You feel a sense of pride when you complete the game, but can’t help feeling sad as you watch the end credits roll, knowing you’ll never experience the game the same way again.

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Have a good weekend, everyone!

AmyGames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/littleamyhere

First Look: Rocket League – The Game I Never Knew I Needed.

I don’t like football. I especially don’t like playing football video games, after spending a large chunk of my youth sat between my brother and step brothers having to play FIFA ’98. Tough times.

However – playing football with a suped-up, jumping car? You have my attention.

Rocket League is the sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars by Psyonix, a game I personally haven’t played, but from reading up on it I found mostly average reviews, and reviewers calling the game “okay.” From what it looks like, Psyonix have been listening to the critics to create a similar, but improved game. It also has a better name, clearly.

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It’s currently free to download through Playstation Plus during July – I recommend if you have PS Plus that you go download it right now, if you haven’t then why the hell do you have PS Plus and not download ALL the free games?!

The best quote I’ve heard about the game comes from my favourite gaming YouTuber, OfficialNerdCubed, who said “I’m not great – but I have fun.” You can take this game as serious or not-so-serious as you’d like, honing your skills to become a really great player, or enjoying the game on a more casual level. Personally, I’m more of a “drive around manically laughing” kind of player. It’s a miracle if I actually score a goal in the online play..

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One issue I have with Rocket League is the main menu. I find the writing to be quite small, especially when setting up an online match, where the set up screen is a box in the top right hand corner. It’s so small I end up leaving the settings as they are, so I haven’t ventured away from the default games just yet. This could just be me with my not-so-good eyesight, though!

Other than the one issue with the menu, the game is bloody great. It easily makes my Top 10 Games of 2015 list. The gameplay is great, it’s incredibly addictive, the graphics are spot on, and you have the option of playing split screen with up to four people (not that I have enough controllers or friends for that but shhh..). The customization options for your car are hilarious, with the option of bubbles instead of flames shooting out your exhaust, car hats and crowns, and the PS4 exclusive – the special unlockable vehicle, Sweet Tooth. SWEET TOOTH. FROM TWISTED METAL. THE SCARY ICE CREAM TRUCK FROM TWISTED METAL.

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NOSTALGIA.

If you’re not a PS4 owner, Rocket league is currently on Steam for £14.99. Do I think it’s worth £15? Maybe. £15 is the cut off point I’d pay for a digital game, and I think this game provides plenty of hours of fun to make it worth the price tag. If it’s too pricey for you, keep an eye out during the next Steam sale!

Anyone else had a play on Rocket League? What do you think? Let me know!

– AmyGames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/littleamyhere

Too Many Games, Not Enough Time!

I’ve decided to make a pledge to myself, a challenge. I’m not allowed to buy any more games until I complete 5 games that are already on my shelf. I know. Crazy.

I’m a bit of an impulse buyer, my bookcase is crammed full of books waiting to be read, and my game shelf is just the same. I bought my PS4 back in April, and up to now I have seven unplayed PS4 games (not including downloaded games..), but I have an incredible amount of games for my Xbox 360 that I haven’t even started, or are half played and were never finished. It’s a goddamn travesty!

So I’m putting my foot down. Five games that are already on my shelf need to be completed, and these are the five I’ve picked out (but are subject to change):

  • Bioshock – I love Bioshock. The soundtrack, the underwater world of Rapture, the creepy shadows of the Splicers, and of course, the Big Daddies and Little Sisters. Absolutely beautiful. I have no idea why I didn’t complete it!
  • LA Noire – This game. THIS GAME. I bought it on release day, and dedicated hours upon hours to this gorgeous son of a gun. I made it to disc three, so only had a few hours left until completion. Then my brother came to stay after he had surgery. I let him play my Xbox when I was out at work, as long as he created his own savings on games. HE DIDN’T. I sat down for the last leg of LA Noire, suddenly my cop had been sacked, having an affair, and I had no bloody idea what was going on. My brother decided to have a go, didn’t know what he was doing and screwed up my save without telling me. I had no choice but to give up. So I’m trying again, right from the beginning. No brothers allowed this time.
  • Alien: Isolation – My parents bought this for my birthday last year, it’s quite long for a horror game, but I’ve already put several hours into it. I need to see it through to the end!
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – I played the first mission, but other than that I haven’t ventured into the campaign. I’ve spent a hell of a lot of hours in multiplayer, though. GUN GAME, BABY.
  • Far Cry 3 – It’s been sat on my shelf for a long time, but I’ve never started it. I’ve actually never played any of the Far Cry franchise, but I’ve been told it won’t make much of a difference not starting from the beginning. It looks epic, as does Far Cry 4!

And there’s my five. They may change over the next few weeks, but the goal is to complete five games before I buy anymore games. I bought three games this week, even though I’m in the process of moving into my own place! I can’t keep spontaneously buying games anymore!

– AmyGames

Twitter: littleamyhere

Video Games Motion Sickness – Is it a Thing?

This weekend I started playing Murdered: Soul Suspect on PS4. I’m really enjoying the game, but I’m having to take regular breaks as I’m feeling dizzy, nauseous and have that feeling of being on the verge of a headache.

It’s something I’ve never thought about too much but I realise that it’s a common feeling I get when I play certain games. I ended up Googling “feeling sick playing video games” and found a hell of a lot of articles and forums talking about motion sickness. It might sound a little naive of me but I was surprised! I’ve heard about people suffering motion sickness playing with the likes of the Oculus Rift or Guitar Hero, but it never crossed my mind that it could happen in your standard video game.

I’ve been reading a few posts about personal experiences with motion sickness, there’s a lot of variations but a lot of it seems to be caused by First Person Shooters or games with smaller Fields of View. There’s also a lot of debating between different consoles and their graphics quality.

My motion sickness seems to be an amalgamation of a few things. I don’t feel it when I watch other people play, and I don’t have any problems with PC games, so it could have something to do with playing on a bigger screen (my TV isn’t even that big, it’s a lot bigger than my PC screen though..). I’ve noticed that I feel nauseous playing the campaign of Call of Duty but never in multiplayer, so it may have something to do with the length of time I play.

The theory behind video game motion sickness (or simulator motion sickness) is that there is confusion in the lack of movement your body is feeling and the movement that your eyes are seeing. Your brain gets muddled by this, causing the dizziness, headaches and nausea. I’m not a doctor, I can’t confirm this, but this is the general thesis I’ve come across on my Google travels.

So, how to cure it? Stop playing games? Sure, but where’s the fun in that?! Luckily, I’ve come across a few tips to help alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness:

1. Increase the game’s Field of View (FOV). This isn’t a solution for all games but it seems to have helped a lot of people, especially those playing Skyrim.

2. Sit up straight, and stay central to your screen. Lying down or sitting at an angle to your screen can cause visual distortion, warping what you’re meant to be seeing.

3. All the Ginger! Ginger tea, ginger biscuits, actually nibbling on raw ginger can help soothe those sicky feelings. Personally, I’d choose the ginger biscuits.

4. Try motion sickness pills. I’d hope my motion sickness doesn’t get so bad that I have to start popping pills to play video games, but it seems to have helped a lot of people who suffer from it a lot. I’d recommend speaking to your doctor about using anti-sickness medication first, though.

5. Drink water. You’d think this would be obvious but I know a hell of a lot of gamers who live solely on energy drinks. They can cause sickness and headaches themselves, so try cutting down on energy and fizzy drinks and have a pint of water stacked with ice, instead. If you’re not a fan of plain water, add a splash of cordial juice for flavour.

6. Open a window. Sitting in a hot room can cause nausea, and with your electronics on for hours each day, the room can get pretty toasty. Try opening a window and letting a breeze in.

7. Disable the “bobbing” motion. Some people feel motion sickness from the constant bobbing of a character or their gun. In some games you can disable this mode, try fiddling round in the visual options of the game.

8. Take regular breaks. Another obvious tip, but it’s one that we all forget when we’re so engrossed in a game. If you’re forgetful, set an alarm on your phone, pause the game, go the loo, stretch your legs and get a drink. If the game doesn’t pause, try aiming for a level or end of a mission to take your break. Even some loading times are long enough for you to get up for a bit (I’m looking at you, Bloodborne..).

Remember, if your symptoms become severe – stop playing. We’re all game lovers here but it’s not worth making yourself ill. Book an appointment with your GP and opticians to rule out any other sinister health issues that might be at play if your motion sickness gets worse.

Does anyone else suffer from similar problems playing games? Any tips of your own? Let me know!

– AmyGames

Twitter: littleamyhere